Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Titoki Team 1 - Term 3 Week 1 ending 28 July

We hope everyone had a fun and relaxing holiday and the children are ready to get back into learning. Please remember to bring in the Holiday Reading Challenge sheets to be into win a prize! This will be drawn at the end of week 1.

Keeping ourselves safe
For the next two weeks, we will be teaching the health unit of ‘Keeping ourselves safe’ alongside Constable Rob. This programme has been designed to give children the skills to cope in situations involving abuse. It has three main aims:
-         To develop and strengthen children’s skills to keep themselves safe with other people.
-         To support and encourage abused children to get help from caring adults.
-         To make teachers and parents more aware of the need to keep children safe from abuse by adults or other children.
It is important that you participate as much as possible and talk to your child about what they have been learning. This will help reinforce the messages we are teaching at school and help your child to use their new skills with confidence.
If you could please talk with your children about where they live (address) and home contact number prior to our lessons with Constable Rob that would be much appreciated as we will be discussing where we live.

Oral language
This term we are focusing on the elements of drama and our oral language will focus on memorising a short poem by heart. You can help your child by selecting a poem together (think about appropriate length, poem subject etc), getting them to practice memorising and saying the poem aloud with good volume, pace and expression.
We ask that this term parents avoid coming to watch their child do their oral language as we have found the children can become distracted and even though these performances are always on Thursday, there is no specific time set.

School Production
We have a big focus on the production this term and our inquiry focuses on ‘Showtime’. The school-wide production will be kept under wraps to build anticipation and we appreciate your support with this. We will keep you updated regarding parent help for costumes etc.  

Learning Conferences – Week 2, Monday 31st July and Wednesday 2nd August
School will close at lunchtime (12.40pm) on Monday 31st of July for Learning Conferences. Please pick your child up from their classroom.
School will finish at the usual time on Wednesday.
These are the only days and times available so please, Year 1 Titoki parents, sign up for an allocated slot online. 
If your child is in Titoki Iti, you will be contacted if you are due for a 6 week check meeting.

Mini Art Exhibition
We would LOVE to have any volunteers who can help us frame and name the art pieces that will be going up to the hall for the art exhibition. If you are able to help at any time, please come see one of us as we can show you what to do. 
The art exhibition will be held in the hall during week 3, please visit the hall before or after school to have a look.  

Does anyone have any finger or hand puppets at home that we could borrow for the term to have in our mini puppet theatre as part of our inquiry?
These will be kept is a safe place in the classroom.

Kind regards,
Victoria, Kate, Lorraine and Ashleigh

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